Three degrees of separation: a shoulder, a record, a win
Richard Linde and Mike Archbold, 21 October 2001
Cody Pickett, courtesy of dawgman.com
with a badly separated right shoulder, Cody Pickett, the Caldwell cowboy,
separated himself from the herd by setting a passing record, then
running the ball in from three yards
out to give Washington another come from behind win, as it beat Arizona,
Grimacing at times due to pain in his right shoulder,
Pickett passed for a school-record 455 yards. The record setting day by the Caldwell cowboy was the gutsiest
performance by a Husky quarterback since Marques Tuiasosopo's when he set an NCAA record for passing and rushing
Stanford two years ago, Tuiasosopo played more than half that game with a badly
bruised hip. Suffering a third-degree shoulder separation against USC two weeks
ago, Pickett played the whole game for Washington against Arizona, after
sitting out the UCLA game last week.
Overall Washington is 5-1 and is 3-1 in conference play.
Arizona is 3-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Washington obviously misses TE Jerramy Stevens, who is out
with a broken left foot. In its
last four games, Washington has completed only four passes to its tight ends, one
to Kevin Ware in the Cal game and one each to Joe Collier in the USC and UCLA
games. Kevin Ware caught another one in the Arizona game.
John Anderson continues to be spooked by field goal
attempts that come from
the right hash mark. He missed one from 35 yards out in the third quarter.
Instead of drawing the ball he faded it, much like a golfer who tries to draw
the ball from the right side of the tee box, lifts his head and watches the
ball go left to right.
What's wrong with John Anderson's kicking? From a
golferís perspective: the cold day may have been a factor; you need a warm
day for timing, tempo and rhythm. After all, he's from Florida. Trying to draw the
ball from the right side of the tee box can be a nightmare. So easy to fade,
slice or hook. Itís a mental thing, alignment and all. You canít stop
waggling and never feel ready. Never feel ready. Never talk about a shot, bad
or good. Itís that mental thing.
From a kickerís perspective? I can't answer that. Ask
John. If heís smart, heíll keep his mouth shut. It's that mental
If it's warm in Tempe this Saturday, he'll have a great
In its last two games, Washington has averaged 34
yards rushing. Surprisingly, it has won time-of-possession in both games,
losing the game to UCLA last week. Arizona rushed for 199 yards and passed for 195
against the Huskies. Statistics
like that usually show up on the winning side of the ledger.
continues to be a big-play team. Roc Alexander ran a kickoff 74 yards to the
Wildcats' 15 late in the fourth quarter; in the first quarter, Pickett hit Paul
Arnold and Pat Reddick with 78 and 75-yard touchdown passes
respectively. Although the dawgs will be out-manned in the trenches, they will
have a puncher's chance in each of its last five games.
The Huskies could be underdogs in
these five games, barring injuries to key players on the other team or the resurrection
of its non-existent running attack. Its rushing defense must be resuscitated as
Neuheisel's 23 wins at Washington, 12 of them have been come from behind wins in
the fourth quarter.
Mike's view from the stands:
Climate: Very little sun, cloudy, chilly but not
Attendance: There were plenty of end zone seats available, and many
tickets for sale outside the stadium.
- The upper deck south Cow Chip Cookies was deserted at
halftime, no cookies or clerks, causing this reporter acute depression, even
though they tack on 50% above the street price. The report from the
pretzel lady a stand down said that they had "sold out," but I find
this situation unacceptable. I plan to write accordingly to the
University President as soon as time permits to rectify this outrage!
- Some students dressed only in shorts, painted partly purple, jogged up and
down the aisles and around the stadium for about a quarter. This invoked
no particular interest for myself or my friend Pete, who wondered aloud
why they selected men instead of women to parade around in only shorts.
- Muffed Return Play: Mathias Wilson hit Charles Frederick in the back
on a punt return causing a fumble, which was recovered by Arizona deep in
Washington territory. This play caused considerable
dismay coupled with hysterical laughter in my section. Even thought it was a
major blunder, we loyal dawgs took it in stride with a stiff upper lip and
- Displaying the Oregon/Stanford score: The score was announced and
displayed on Huskytron two or three times, each with a different final score
and a different team winning! This caused considerable confusion in
the stands, and even on the bus home there was some confusion as to who won the
- Announcing the Homecoming Court: Lou Gellerman and the cameraman were not
in sequence at one point, as the profile of the Husky Queen was being read
while the smiling King was being displayed on the Huskytron. The king
appeared somewhat embarrassed but took it in stride.
- The option: When the Huskies ran the option late and lost yards, the
faithful booed considerably at the play having been called. It appeared
to all of us the option was not working, hadn't been working, and shouldn't
have been run.
- On the late stop of Arizona and game-winning following drive: The play of
the Huskies was very good when it had to be. The crowd was absolutely on
fire and the stadium was rocking.
7-0 Dawgs--(9:18) Washington touchdown. Cody Pickett hit Todd Elstrom with a 21 yard pass (John Anderson kick)
7-7 (5:30)--Arizona touchdown. Jason Johnson 4 yard pass to Bobby Wade (Sean Keel kick)
14-7 Dawgs--(5:09) Washington touchdown. Pickett pass to Arnold for 78 yards (Anderson kick)
14-14 (2:51)--Arizona touchdown. Johnson pass to Andrae Thurman for 12 yards (Keel kick)
21-14 Dawgs--(1:39) Washington touchdown. Pickett pass to Patrick Reddick 75 yards (Anderson kick)
21-21 (12:30)--Arizona touchdown. John Rattay 15 yard run (Keel kick)
28-21 'Cats--(5:18) Arizona touchdown. Clarence Farmer 16 yard run (Keel kick)
28-24 'Cats--(4:04) Washington field goal. John Anderson 39 yard field goal
31-28 'Dawgs--(:13) Washington touchdown. Cody Pickett 3 yard run (Anderson kick)
|Time of Possession
RUSHING: Arizona-Farmer 21-147, Mills 12-56,
Johnson 2-4, Cox 1-0, Rattay 8-minus 8.
Washington- Alexis 11-45, Pickett 8-18, Hurst 7-16
PASSING: Arizona-Rattay 9-18-1-115, Johnson 7-10-0-80.
RECEIVING: Arizona-Wade 6-74, Leonard 4-77,
Thurman 3-29, Farmer 2-8, Marshall 1-7.
Washington-Arnold 7-138, Elstrom 7-99, Williams 7-80
Hooks 3-34, Reddick 2-102, Ware 1-13, Hurst 1-0